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Kavanaugh in 2012: Sitting Presidents Should Be Immune From Criminal Probe

Kavanaugh in 2012: Sitting Presidents Should Be Immune From Criminal Probe
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By    |   Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:04 AM

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh once wrote that he believed a sitting president should be immune from criminal investigation, Newsweek noted. 

In 2012, Kavanaugh wrote that presidents should be allowed to focus on "never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible" and that he believes Congress should pass a law that grants immunity to presidents from civil suits and criminal probes and prosecutions until they leave the office, according to Newsweek.

Indicting a president "would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas," Kavanaugh wrote.

"Criminal investigations take the president's focus away from his or her responsibilities to the people. And a president who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as president," Kavanaugh wrote.

Kavanaugh wrote that his argument is only for any action against a sitting president to be postponed, and that impeachment should remain an option, Newsweek reported.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., criticized Trump for picking Kavanaugh, because of that reason, telling MSNBC on Monday: "He picked the one guy who has specifically written that the president should not be the subject of a criminal investigation, which he is now."

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